‘Jeopardy’ Gets A Win With Aaron Rodgers

In the session ending April 11, the game show climbed 14% from a week earlier to a 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its best performance in a month.

Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers scored more than a first down in his first week as Jeopardy guest host, guiding the game show to first place on the syndication chart in the session ending April 11. In fact, Jeopardy, with Rodgers at the podium, rocketed 14% from the week before to a 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its best performance in a month.

Family Feud, which had led the quiz and giveaway shows for the previous three frames, added 2% to a second-place 5.2, while Wheel of Fortune forged ahead 4% to a 5.1.

Elsewhere in access time periods, Entertainment Tonight was the No. 1 magazine, jumping 13% among women 25-54 and 10% in households to a three-week high 2.2. The other big mover in the key demo was Extra, which jumped 33%.

In daytime, court show extraordinaire Judge Judy, adjudicating its 25th and final season, was easily best with a 4% advance to a 4.8.

Dr. Phil and Live with Kelly and Ryan both strengthened 6% to a 1.7 and tied at the top of the talkers for the second week in a row. Every other talk show was below a 1.0 household rating.

However, in the advertiser-coveted women 25-54 category, newcomer Drew Barrymore came blazing through with a big 50% increase and climbed to No. 4 in the demo, tying several veterans.


The top talk shows for the week among women 25-54 were:

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.8, +14% from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil (0.6, unchanged)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.4, +33%), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.4, unchanged)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA means not applicable.


Dr. Phil (CMV) 1.7 +6%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

Maury (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.8 -11%

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.8 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.7 NC

Rachael Ray (CMV) 0.7 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.5** -17%

The Real (WBDTD) 0.4 NC

The Doctors (CMV) 0.2 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.2 NC


Drew Barrymore (CMV) 0.5 NC


Judge Judy (CMV) 4.8 +4%

Hot Bench(CMV) 1.5 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.6 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.5 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 +50%


Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 +14%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 +2%

Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.1 +4%

25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 +14%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.2 +10%

Inside Edition (CMV) 2.1 -5%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 0.9 NC


Extra (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Daily Mail TV (CMV) 0.6 NC

Dish Nation (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.4 NC

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 0.9 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.9 NC

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.8 -20%

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.6 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.6 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.5 -15%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.8 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

NCIS: New Orleans (CMV) 1.0 +11%


Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU)

Castle (Disney-ABC) 0.9 +13%

Monk (NBCU) 0.9 -18%

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RustbeltAlumnus2 says:

April 20, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Rodgers was the worst guest host yet with his staccato replies to answers and other speech affectations. Ugh